Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Newbery Challenge Wrap-Up

The Challenge: Not long before she died, Nattie, may she rest in peace, challenged us to read and review 6 Newbery winners (click the logo above for the page).

My Books:
1. The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
2. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
3. Crispin: the cross of lead by Avi
4. Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
5. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
6. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Favourite book? While the intrusive narrator bugged me a bit, The Tale of Desperaux was lovely.

Book I Could Have Done Without: While I didn't adore them all, I'm definitely glad to have read them all.

What I Learned: As with the Something About Me Challenge, I see that I often need an excuse to read things. I'd been meaning to read Shiloh, Maniac Magee, and Number the Stars for years.

Thank you, Nattie, for a great challenge! I wish you'd gotten to finish it with us.

If anyone else did the challenge, please feel free to post a link in the comments, I'd love to see your picks and reviews.


raidergirl3 said...

I so loved Despereaux that I bought it for a Christmas present for my almost 8 year old. We started reading it together, and she is totally hooked, reading it on her own now. She thinks the 'reader' comments are hilarious. She tells me about each new one.

tinylittlelibrarian said...

That's so great! The "reader" comments are good, they're just not my bag. But I'm glad she's enjoying them. Happily, Kate DiCamillo seems to keep putting out Newbery books at a good clip, so you two should have enough to keep you supplied for a while. :) (Although I must say, I hated the one about the tiger.)